South Carolina - Legislative Acts Creating Counties / Districts

An Act for Laying Off the Several Counties Therein Mentioned, and Appointing Commissioners to Erect the Public Buildings.

March 12, 1785

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume IV, Pages 661-666

Although thirty-four (34) counties were established in 1785, only fourteen (14) of them survived. Several with the same name were re-established in 1800, the same counties in 1785 did not remain intact as is. The fourteen (14) that survived intact were: Abbeville, Chester, Chesterfield, Darlington, Edgefield, Fairfield, Lancaster, Laurens, Marlboro, Newberry, Richland, Union, Williamsburg, and York. Although this Act identifies Spartanburgh County, it was soon renamed to Spartan - see Act of 1791 attached below. Also see the 1790 SC Constitution, which clearly has Spartan County - Click Here.

Click Here to see a 1785 map showing all 34 counties created via this legislative Act.

Be it enacted, by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That from and immediately after the passing of this Act, the following counties shall be established, with the several names, descriptions and boundaries hereinafter set forth and expressed: Six counties for the district now called Ninety-Six, that is to say: one county, situate, lying and being on Savannah River and adjoining the old Indian boundary, and known in the map of Ninety-Six district by the name of Abbeville; one other county, adjoining the above, and also bounded on Savannah River, known by the name of Edgefield; one other county, beginning at the Island Ford on Saluda River, thence along the old road to Odel's Ford, on Enoree River, thence down Enoree to Anderson's Ford, thence along the road to Hill's Ford, on Tyger River, thence down the same to the mouth, thence down Broad River to a point thereon, eight miles below the district line, thence to the mouth of Bear Creek, thence up Saluda to the beginning, and known by the name of Newbury; one other county, beginning at the Island Ford, thence up Saluda River to the Indian boundary, thence along the said boundary to Enoree River, thence to Odel's Ford, and thence along the old road to the beginning, and shall be named Laurens County; one other county, bounded by Laurens County on the north, the Indian line on the westward, North Carohna boundary and Broad River to Tate's Ferry, thence along the road to John Ford's plantation on Enoree River, including the same, and shall be called by the name of Spartanburgh; one other county, of the other part of the said district, and shall be called Union County. Seven counties of the district of Camden, that is to say: one county beginning on the Wateree at Person's Island, thence in a strait line to Black River at Potter's Plantation, thence by the widow Grymes's Plantation strait to Lynch's Creek, thence down the creek to the district line, thence along the said line till it intersects the line of Prince Frederick's Parish, thence along the said line to Santee, thence along Santee River to the beginning, and shall be called by the name of Clarendon County; one other county beginning at the corner of Clarendon County line, at Person's Island, thence up the Congaree River to the mouth of Cedar Creek, thence on a strait line to the mouth of Twenty-Five Mile Creek, thence down the Wateree River to the beginning, and shall be called Richland County; one other county, beginning at the mouth of Cedar Creek, thence up Broad River to the mouth of Sandy River, thence in a strait line to the mouth of Rocky Creek, thence down the Wateree river to the corner of Richland County line, and shall be called by the name of Fairfield County; one other county, bounded by Clarendon County line, thence up the Wateree River to the mouth of Pine-Tree Creek, thence along the said creek to Cantey's Bridge, thence in a strait line to the fork of Lynch's Creek, thence down the said creek to the corner of Clarendon County line, and shall be called Claremont County; one other county, beginning at the mouth of Pine-Tree Creek, thence up the river to the mouth of Twelve Mile Creek, thence to the North Carolina boundary, thence along the said boundary to the north branch of Lynch's Creek, thence down the same to the fork thereof, thence along the line of Claremont County to the beginning, and shall be called and known by the name of Lancaster County; one other county, commonly called the New Acquisition, shall be known by the name of York County; one other county shall begin at the line of York County, thence down Broad River to the mouth of Sandy River, thence in a direct line to the mouth of Rocky Creek on the Catawba River, thence up the Catawba River to the line of York County, thence along that county line to the beginning, and shall be called Chester County. The district of Cheraws shall be divided into three counties, that is to say: one county lying and being on the north-east side of Pedee River, bounding on the said river on the one side, the district line of Georgetown on the other side, and on the other the North Carolina boundary, and shall be called and known by the name of Marlborough county; one other county, beginning at the mouth of Cedar Creek, on Pedee River, thence up to the head of the southernmost branch of the said creek, and thence by direct line to the fork of Lynch's Creek, being the upper county of the said southern division of the district, and shall be called by the name of Chesterfield; one other county, beginning at the mouth of Cedar Creek, thence down Pedee to the district line, thence along the said line to Lynch's Creek, thence up the same to the fork, being the lower county of the said division, and shall be called Darlington County. The district of Georgetown shall be divided into four counties, as follows: that is to say, one county beginning at Linud's Ferry, on Santee River, thence along the road to Potatoe Ferry, to Shepherd's Ferry on Black Mingo, to Britton's ferry on Great Pedee, thence along the said river and Big Bull's creek to Waccamaw River, thence along the said river to the lower end of Shad's Island, and from thence by a direct course over the said river to the sea, thence along the sea coast to the mouth of North Santee, and thence along the north branch thereof to the beginning, and shall he called by the name of Winyaw County; one other county, beginning at Linud's Ferry, on Santee River, thence along said river to the district line, thence along said line to Lynch's Creek, thence along said creek to Great Pedee River, thence along said river to Britton's Ferry, thence along the boundary of Winyaw County to the beginning, and shall be called by the name of Williamsburgh County; one other county, to begin at the corner of Winyaw County on the sea, thence along the line of said county to Waccamaw River, thence along said river to Big Bull's Creek and Great Pedee River to the mouth of Little Pedee River, thence along Little Pedee and Drowning Creek to the North Carolina line, thence along said line to the sea, thence along the sea coast to the beginning, and shall be called Kingston County; one other county, to begin at the district line, on Lynch's creek, thence along said line to the North Carolina boundary, thence along said boundary to Drowning Creek, thence along said creek and Little Pedee River to Great Pedee River, thence along said river and Lynch's Creek to the beginning, and shall be called by the name of Liberty County. The district of Charleston shall be divided into six counties, viz: one county beginning at Stono Inlet, thence as far up Stono River as Wappoo Cut, thence down the creek to Ashley River, thence up the said river as lar as the Quarter House, thence across the Neck to Cooper River, thence down the said river to Sullivan's Island, including the same, with all the other Islands southwestward to Stono Inlet, and shall be called by the name of Charleston County; one other county, bounded by the line of Charleston County, from Sullivan's Island up Cooper River as far as the T, thence up the eastern branch of the said river to the road leading from Strawberry to Linud's Ferry, thence along the said road to Santee River, thence down the north branch thereof to the sea, thence, including all the Islands southwestward, to the beginning, and shall be called Washington County; one other county, beginning at the mouth of Goose Creek, up to the bridge, thence a northwest course 47.30, till it intersect the boundary line of Orangeburgh District, thence along the same to Santee River, thence down the said river to Linud's Ferry, thence along Washington County line to the head of the eastern branch of Cooper River, thence down the same to the beginning, and shall be called by the name of Marion County; one other county, beginning at the corner of Charleston County, on Cooper River, thence up the same to the mouth of Goose Creek, thence up the same to the bridge, thence a northwest course 47deg-30'- till it intersects the district line of Orangeburgh, thence along the same until it crosses Edisto River, thence down the same to the head of Stono Swamp, thence down the same to the parish line between St. Andrew's and St. George's, thence along the said line to Ashley River, thence down the said river opposite to the corner of Charleston County line, thence with the same to the beginning, and shall be called Berkeley County; one other county, beginning at the mouth of Wappoo Creek, down to Ashley River, thence up the same to the parish line between St. Andrew's and St. George's, thence along the said line to Stono Swamp, thence along the same to Edisto River, thence down the said river to South Edisto Inlet, including all the Islands to the eastward, to the beginning, and shall be called by the name of Colleton County; one other county, bounded from South Edisto Inlet, up the same until it intersect the district line of Orangeburgh, thence along the said line to Saltketcher River, thence down the said river to St. Helena Sound, including all the islands to the east, as far as South Edisto Inlet, and shall be called by the name of Bartholomew County. The district of Beaufort shall be divided into four counties, viz: one county bounded by the sea, Broad River and Savannah River, thence along the road from Zubly's Ferry to Bee's Creek Bridge, thence by the water course to Broad River, and shall be called by the name of Hilton County; one other county, beginning at Zubly's Ferry, thence up Savannah River to the district line, thence along the said line till it reaches Coosahatchie Swamp, thence down Coosahatchie to the mouth of Bee's Creek, thence up Bee's Creek to the bridge, thence along the road to Zubly's Ferry, and shall be called and known by the name of Lincoln County; one other county, bounded by the sea to the eastward and from the sea up Broad River to the mouth of Pocotaligo Creek, thence, including Barnwell's and Hall's Islands, to Port Royal Ferry, thence down Coosaw River to the sea, including all the islands within the said bounds, and shall be called by the name of Granville County; one other county, beginnmg at the mouth of Combahee, up the said river and the Saltketcher to the district line, thence along the same to Coosahatchie Swamp, thence down the same to the mouth of Pocotaligo River, thence to the beginning, and shall be called by the name of Shrewsbury County. The district of Orangeburgh shall be divided into four counties, viz: beginning at the boundary line of Charleston District, in Four Hole Swamp, thence along the main branch to the head, from thence northwest 25° Beaver Creek, and thence along the same to the Congaree, thence down Santee to Neilson's ferry, thence along Charleston District line to the beginning, and shall be called by the name of Lewisburgh County, one other county, beginning at the corner of Lewisburgh County line, in the Four Hole Swamp, thence along the said line to Beaver Creek, thence southwest 54° to the road leading from Orangeburgh to Ninety-Six, in the fork of Edisto River, thence south to the head of Little Saltketcher, thence down the said Saltketcher to the district line, thence to the beginning, and shall be called by the name of Orange County; one other county, beginning at the mouth of Beaver Creek, thence along the line of Orange County, thence southwest 54° to the road leading from Orangeburgh to Ninety-Six, thence along the road to the district line, thence along the said line to Saluda River, thence along Union County line to Broad River, thence down the same and Congaree River to the beginning, and be called by the name of Lexington County; one other county, beginning on the Little Saltketcher Swamp, at the corner of Orange County line, thence along the district line to Savannah River, thence up the same to the district line, thence along the said line to the south branch of Edisto, thence down the same to Tyler's Ferry, thence a direct line to the Saltketchers, where the line of Beaufort District intersects, to Orange County line, thence south to the head of Little Saltketcher, thence down the same to the beginning, and shall be called Winton County.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the justices of the said several counties shall have power to erect or cause to be erected and kept in good repair, within each of their respective counties, and at the charge of such county, one good and convenient court-house, with necessary jury rooms, and one good and sufficient county gaol, of such materials, workmanship, size and dimensions, as such justices shall order and appoint, together with a pillory, whipping post and stocks; and shall also have full power to purchase, or receive by donation, two acres of land whereon to erect the said county buildings, for the use of such county, and for no other use whatsoever; and if the justices of the county shall, at any time hereafter, fail to erect or cause to be erected, and kept and maintained in good and sufficient repair, a court-house, prison, pillory and stocks, every member of the court so failing shall forfeit and pay the sum of two hundred pounds lawful money, to be recovered by action of debt, one half to the treasurers for the time being, to the use of the county, and the other half to any person who shall inform and sue for the same in the court of common pleas.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the justices of the several county courts, who shall be appointed and qualified as such, shall have full power and authority to levy and assess an annual tax on the taxable property of the several inhabitants within the respective counties, for building the court-houses, prisons, pillories, whipping posts and stocks, in the same form and manner and upon the same principles as the public taxes are imposed, levied and assessed, and shall be collected under the same regulations, and with the same coercive powers in the several sheriffs, as are prescribed and given with respect to taxes imposed by Act of Assembly for the support of Government; which county taxes so collected shall be paid to the said justices or their order; and the said several sheriffs of the respective counties shall be entitled to receive a commission of two and a half per cent, for collecting and paying the same, and no more.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the justices of each county who shall be appointed and qualified as aforesaid respectively, shall be, and they are hereby, authorized and directed to erect the county buildings in the most convenient part of each county respectively, having regard to the form of the county, situation of the inhabitants, and convenience of the people; and in order that the establishing of the said court-houses may give general satisfaction, two-thirds of the said justices shall concur in fixing on the several places where the said public buildings shall be erected; and if injustice or partiality shall appear in appointing the places for erecting the said buildings, the people shall be redressed upon appliccition, by petition to the Governor and Privy Council, who are hereby authorized and empowered to hear and finally determine the same.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That all the lands and inhabitants lying and being above the old Indian boundary, and to the northwest of the road commonly called Pearris's Waggon Road, from the said boundary by Isaac Morgan's and Pearris's old place, up to Saluda river, and thence up the south fork thereof, shall be annexed to and included in Spartanburgh County; and all the lands and inhabitants being to the south-east of the said waggon road and Saluda River and the fork of Saluda, down to the old Indian boundary, shall be annexed and included in Laurens County; and all the lands and inliabitants being to the southward of Saluda River and the south fork thereof, above the old Indian boundary, shall be included in and annexed to Abbeville County: Provided nevertheless, that such annexation shall not affect the erecting of the county buildings of Abbeville, Laurens and Spartanburgh, which shall be erected at the respective places, as if such annexation had not been made.

VI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That where any road or navigable river is the dividing line between two counties, the justices of each county that shall be so divided shall exercise an equal jurisdiction over the said road or river; and the process and orders of each of the said justices which shall be first executed thereupon, shall have jurisdiction, sole and exclusive, as to such other county, and the subject matter of such process or order; any thing herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.

VII. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the new town which has been lately laid out in the district of Ninety-Six, shall be known by the name of Ninety-Six.

VIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That nothing in this Act shall extend, or be construed to extend, to make any alteration in the present arrangement of the militia districts; and that the officers of the respective regiments shall continue to act as heretofore, until otherwise regulated by law.

In the Senate House, the twelfth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five, and in the ninth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

JOHN LLOYD, President of the Senate.
JOHN FAUCHEREAUD GRIMKE, Speaker of the House of Representatives.

An Act to Amend Several Acts for Establishing County Courts, and for Regulating and Amending the Proceedings Therein; and for Suspending the County Courts in the Districts of Orangeburgh and Beaufort; and Ascertaining the Duties of Justices of the Peace Throughout the State.

February 19, 1791

The Statutes at Large of South Carolina - Volume VII, Pages 266-270

WHEREAS, experience has proved that the present mode of transacting business in the county courts, is unfavorable to the equal, impartial and steady administration of justice.

I. Be it therefore enacted by the honorable the Senate and House of Representatives, now met and sitting in General Assembly, and by the authority of the same, That county courts be, and are hereby, established and shall be held in the counties of Edgefield, Abbeville, Pendleton, Greenville, Laurens, Newberry, Spartan, Union, York, Chester, Fairfield, Richland, Lancaster, Kershaw, Claremont, Clarendon, Marlborough, Chesterfield and Darlington, on the days hereinafter appointed for each county respectively, (and county courts shall be held at no other time or place); and the county courts hereby established shall be held and administered by three judges or justices of the county courts, to the trial of small and mean causes, and who shall be elected by a joint nomination of the Senate and House of Representatives, and be qualified as is directed in an Act entitled "An Act for establishing county courts, and for regulating the proceedings therein;" and if any vacancy shall happen by death, resignation, removal, or otherwise, the Governor or Commander-in-chief for the time being shall nominate and appoint other fit and proper person or persons to fill such vacancy, until the next meeting or sitting of the Legislature, when such appointment shall be annulled or confirmed; any two of whom shall have full power and authority to hear and determine all causes, matters and controversies, referred by law to their jurisdiction.

II. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the judges of the county courts shall, at the several times and places appointed by law, hold, in their respective counties, courts twice in each year, for the trial of causes, matters and things, bv law referred to their jurisdiction: which courts shall contimie open and sit ten days, exclusive of Sundays, at each term, unless the business thereof be sooner finished; and shall hear and determine all causes, matters and controversies appertaining or in any wise belonging to their jurisdiction; and that there shall be two intermediate courts held in each county by one or more of the said judges; the business of which courts shall be confined to the granting of tavern licenses, appointing commissioners and overseers of roads and bridges, business relative to the poor of the county, and to the exercise of any other powers vested in them by law; the regulation of the police of their respective counties, when a judicial decision between individuals is not required or necessary; and that each of the said courts shall be held four days at each term, unless the business should sooner be finished; and that the courts be held for the respective counties herein mentioned, on the following days, to wit:—for the counties of Union and Richland, on the first Mondays of April and September; for the counties of Spartan and Fairfield, the second Mondays of April and September; for the counties of Pendleton and Chester, on the third Mondays of April and September; for the counties of Greenville, York and Marlborough, on the first Mondays of May and October; for the counties of Laurens, Lancaster and Chesterfield, on the second Mondays of May and October; for the counties of Newberry, Kershaw and Darlington, on the third Mondays of May and October; for the counties of Claremont and Edgefield, on the first Mondays of June and November; and for the counties of Clarendon and Abbeville, on the second Mondays of June and November.

III. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the grand juries, in each of the said counties, shall have equal and concurrent jurisdiction in all cases whatsoever, arising in their respective counties, with the grand juries in the circuit courts; and where a bill of indictment shall be found by the grand jury in the county court, on any charge of a higher nature than the county court had cognizance of before the passing of this Act, the person indicted shall be referred for trial to the next court of sessions, to be held for the circuit court district in which the offence is said to have been committed, and the indictment and proceedings thereon shall be removed to the said court; and the judges of the said county court shall bind over all witnesses, either in behalf of the State or the party accused, to appear at the district court and give testimony at the time of trial; but if the bill of indictment shall not be found, the person accused shall be entitled to his release; and the county attorney shall be entitled to such fees for preparing such indictment as are taken by the Attorney-General on indictments found in the court of sessions of any district.

IV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That in each and every county where the county courts are established, no suit shall be brought by any writ or process returnable to any other court of law in this State, for any sum of money less than fifty pounds sterling, due on any judgment, bill, bond, note or account, liquidated and signed by the handwriting of the defendant, nor on any open account, for any sum less than twenty pounds sterling; and if any such suit or suits shall be brought contrary to the true intent and meaning of this Act, or to evade the operation of this Act, the same shall, on its appearing to the court, on motion of the defendant or his attorney, be dismissed at the plaintiff's costs; Provided always nevertheless, that nothing in this Act contained shall be construed to extend to prevent any person or persons from bringing his, her or their suit, action or actions in any of the cases aforesaid, in the circuit or district court, on any debt, duty, contract, note or account, made or entered into before the passing of this Act.

V. And be it further enacted by the authority afoiesaid, That an appeal shall be granted in all cases where the judgment of the said court shall exceed the sum of ten pounds, on the party applying for the same entering into bond, with sufficient security, to prosecute the same with effect, agreeable to the terms required by the Act entitled "An Act for establishing county courts, and for regulating the proceedings therein;'' passed the seventeenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-five; any law, usage or custom to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding.

VI. And. be it further enacted by ths authority aforesaid, That in every cause, the plaintiff shall file his declaration on the first day of the court, which if he fail to do, the defendant or his attorney may serve the plaintiff or his attorney, personally, if present, or otherwise, by posting at the door of the court house, a rule to file his declaration, which if he fails to do within two days, on motion of the defendant, he shall be non-pross'd.

VII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the clerk and the sheriff, in each of the respective counties, shall be appointed, commissioned and qualified, in the same manner as has been heretofore used in the county courts; but the sheriff shall continue in office for four years.

VIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the said courts to grant letters licenses for retailing of spirituous liquors, or keeping of taverns, at any court which may be held in each year; any law, usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

IX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That when any person or persons shall be injured or aggrieved by the negligence, malpractice or misconduct in office of any clerk or sheriff of the county courts, such person or persons may move the court against such sheriff or clerk, giving a notice of two days of such intended motion to such clerk or sheriff, of such application, and of the grounds thereof, in writing; whereupon, the court shall forthwith give such order or judgment thereon as to justice doth belong.

X. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That justices of the peace in each county shall be appointed as heretofore, not exceeding nine in number, and who shall continue in office for the space of four years, whose duty it shall be to hear and determine all causes, matters and controversies, to which, by law, they have heretofore been made competent; they shall hear and determine all actions for debt liquidated by bond, note or other writing, signed by the hand of the defendant, as far as five pounds, and all actions on open accounts, as far as three pounds, sterling; and when the judgment of any justice or the peace in this State shall be for any sum less than ten shillings, such justice shall not take or receive any fee or fees of office, or costs of suit, on such judgment; and that all suits in such parts of the State where county courts are established, for the recovery of debts not amounting to more than the sums aforesaid, shall exclusively be brought before a justice of the peace as aforesaid; but if either of the parties shall conceive him, her or themselves injured or aggrieved by the judgment, decree or sentence of any justice of the peace, where the debt or demand is for any sum above twenty shillings, such person or persons may pray an appeal to the first court which shall be held for the said county, and which appeal shall be granted to such person or persons, on giving sufficient security to prosecute such appeal to effect, or on failure thereof, to satisfy the costs and condemnation of the county court; and the said county court shall hear and determine said appeal; but no appeal shall be tried, unless two of the county court judges or justices, at the least, are presiding.

XI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the judges of the county courts shall have all the powers and authorities vested in the justices of the county courts, by an Act entitled "An Act for laying off the several counties therein mentioned, and appointing commissioners to erect the public buildings."

XII. And whereas, great mischiefs have arisen to the inhabitants of this State, from the power vested in justices of the peace to try causes which sound in damages; Be it therefore enacted, That no action of trespass, trover, detinue, slander or trespass, assault and battery, or other action arising merely from tort and not from contract, shall hereafter be cognizable by any justice of the peace in this State.

XIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That this Act shall not be construed to repeal any clause or clauses in the Act for establishing county courts and regulating the proceedings therein, nor any of the subsequent Acts of the General Assembly, for altering or amending the same, unless such clause or clauses shall be repugnant to or inconsistent with any clause or clauses of this Act.

XIV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for any judge of the county court, who shall have taken the oaths prescribed by the constitution and this Act, to administer the oaths of office to the other judges of the court, and the justices of the peace, in the county in which he is a judge; and a record shall be made in the acts of court, of the due administration of the said oaths under this Act.

XV. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for any one judge of the county courts to try all summary process; any thing in this Act contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.

XVI. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall and may be lawful for the judges of the county courts to hold the courts of their respective counties on the days to which they now stand adjourned; and the clerks of the respective courts may adjourn the court from day to day; and if no court shall be held and administered, all causes, matters and controversies then depending before any of the said courts, shall be, and are hereby, adjourned over to the next court prescribed to be held by virtue of this Act.

XVII. And to prevent unnecessary and private sales, to the prejudice of the honest debtor and creditor; Be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no sheriff shall sell any property in any private or retired part of his county, but he shall sell the same on the first Saturday in every month, at noon, at the court house of the county, except the judges should direct other places for the sale; and except in Richland County, in which the sale shall be held at the State House; and the sheriffs shall publish all notices of sale, at the court house of the county, and two other notorious places in the said county, and in the most notorious place of the neighborhood from whence the property was taken, and also in one of the Gazettes, if the Gazette is published in or near the county.

XVIII. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That it shall not be lawful for any person exercising the office of a justice of the peace within this State, to keep any tavern, or to retail spirituous liquors, nor shall any license for retailing spirituous liquors be granted to any person exercising the office of a justice of the peace, nor to any person or persons in his house or family, or for his emolument; and if any person or persons shall offend against the true intent and meaning of this Act, he shall forfeit and pay the sum of fifty pounds to any person or persons who will inform or sue for the same, and be forever thereafter rendered incapable of serving in the office of a justice of the peace in this State.

XIX. And whereas, the majority of the inhabitants of the counties where county courts are established within the districts of Orangeburgh and Beaufort, are desirous that the said courts should not be continued among them; Be it further enacted l)y the authority aforesaid That the said courts be, and they are hereby, suspended, and all records relative to the business of ordinary in such county courts, shall be transferred over and kept by the ordinary of the district in his office; and all records relative to the other judicial business in the said county courts, shall be transferred over and kept by the clerk of the circuit court of the district in his office; and all other records of the said county courts shall be transferred over and kept by the register of mesne conveyances of the said district in his office; and all suits having been commenced in the county courts, shall be continued in the district court without being commenced de novo; and all such records shall be of as full force and validity as if they had continued in the said county courts, and the same had not been suspended.

XX. And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the county courts shall be held in the counties hereinafter mentioned, on the days following, to wit: For the counties of Union and Richland, on the lirst day of January and June in every year; for the counties of Fairfield and Spartan, on the twelfth days of January and June in every year; for the counties of Chester and Pendleton, on the twenty-fourth days of January and June in every year; for the counties of Greenville and York, on the fifth days of February and July in every year; for the counties of Lancaster and Laurens, on the seventeenth days of February and July in every year; for the counties of Newberry and Kershaw, on the twenty-eighth days of February and July in every year; for the county of Claremont, on the eleventh days of March and August in every year; for the county of Clarendon, on the twenty-fifth days of March and August in every year; for the county of Edgefield, on the eleventh of March and the first day of September; for the county of Abbeville, on the twenty-fifth day of March and the twelfth day of September; for the county of Marlborough, on the first days of March and September; for the county of Chesterfield, on the eleventh days of March and September; and for the county of Darlington, on the twenty-second days of March and September in every year; and if any of the said days shall fall on Sunday, then the said court shall meet and sit on the day following.

In the Senate House, the nineteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, and in the fifteenth year of the Independence of the United States of America.

DAVID RAMSAY, President of the Senate.
JACOB READ, Speaker of the House of Representatives.



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